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"Therefore, one must
take advantage of
the Vani (the words
of the spiritual
master) not the
The Vapu-Vadis, worship the external form, trampling on the Vani-Instruction.
"The disciple must stick to whatever the spiritual master orders. Simply by following on that line, one sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As explained before, this means meeting the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the instruction of the spiritual master.
This is technically called vani-seva. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states in his Bhagavad-gita commentary on the verse vyavasayatmika buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana (Bg. 2.41) that one should serve the words of the spiritual master." (SB 28.47-52)
The disciple and spiritual master are never separated because the spiritual master always keeps company with the disciple as long as the disciple follows strictly the instructions of the spiritual master. This is called the association of vani (words). Physical presence is called vapuh. As long as the spiritual master is physically present, the disciple should serve the physical body of the spiritual master, and when the spiritual master is no longer physically existing, the disciple should serve the instructions of the spiritual master. (SB 4.28.47 )
There are two ways of association - by vani and by vapuh. Vani means words and vapuh means physical presence. Physical presence is sometimes appreciable and sometimes not, but Vani continues to exist eternally.
Therefore, one must take advantage of the Vani, not the physical presence. (CC, Antya 5 Conclusion)
Hare Krsna Prabhuji,
Who is this guru you write to and he advises? Just curious.
With due respects to your guru and his words, my humble suggestion would be to approach your nearest ISKCON temple rightaway and ask what congregational preaching is going on and join the one nearest your house, as per convenience. In association, your devotion will grow leaps and bounds. With time, your manifest guru on earth will be revealed to your heart and you will be able to move forward.
In the meantime, please make it a practise to study Srila Prabhupada's books (small books, and Gita) everyday. Study prabhu, not read. SP is still our guru, he preaches through his books even today and will continue to do so for the next 10,000 years.
Radha Rasamayi DD